The Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), James Paul, wants the private sector to work with the Ministry of Agriculture to develop a system to control the importation onions, at a time when local production is up.
During a news conference today, Paul said following a successful onion season this year, farmers were left with over 10,000 bags of onions in their barns unable to get them sold.
“We have to do something about this,” Paul said.
He told reporters “We want to go well beyond one hundred acres and it is expected that it will take us around 150 acres to actually supply the Barbadian market on a continuing basis.”
However, he stressed that this type of investment would not make sense without the cooperation of the private sector.
“So we want to appeal to buyers within the private sector, especially the wholesalers of onions, that they need to come and work with us.”
Paul said that putting more effort into such areas would help to stimulate the economy and should not be taken for granted. “It will pay dividends for Barbados. It would help to stimulate economic activity in an area where it needs stimulation and it can also provide jobs to people out there that they can earn a living from.”